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Robin DiAngelo on white privilege, supremacy and fragilityThis article is one of three based on a recent webinar jointly hosted by the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Social Justice Agency. “White Privilege: A critical dialogue on racism and inequality in a time of COVID-19” took place on Thursday, 30 July. The event featured panellists Dr Robin DiAngelo, Dr Wilhelm Verwoerd and Dr Mandisa Haarhoff, and was moderated by Stanley Henkeman, the executive director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.
“What I can tell you is that the [racial] dynamics I’m going to talk about, at this point, are universal. They are global,” said DiAngelo.
DiAngelo, who is a sociologist, academic and the author of the bestseller White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism, was addressing audience members during the webinar “White Privilege: A critical dialogue on racism and inequality in a time of COVID-19”. The dialogue was jointly hosted by UCT Social Responsiveness, the Office for Inclusivity & Change and the Social Justice Agency.
In her keynote address, the Seattle-based DiAngelo offered the audience a macro framework to understand terms such as systemic racism, white supremacy, white privilege and white fragility. She provided definitions for each and then placed them in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Below are selected quotes from her keynote address.
On racism / systemic racism
“Systemic racism is what we’re talking about when we say racism. [All] people have racial bias … in societies in which we have created these categories and granted them profound meaning that shape the outcomes of our lives to where we can literally predict whether our mothers and I are going to survive our births based on our racial classifications. These categories have profound meaning, and everybody absorbs racial biases. But when you take one group’s racial bias, and you back it with legal authority and institutional control, you transform it into a system that becomes infused and embedded across the entire society. It’s not dependent on any individual’s agreement, belief or intentions; it’s just the default of the society. [That] society will continue to produce advantage for those whose bias is backed with power, and disadvantage … those whose [is] not.”
“We’re not taught to understand systemic racism for the most part, and we have reduced the idea of what it means to be racist to a very … simplistic idea, which is an individual who consciously doesn’t like people based on race and is intentionally mean to them. And I don’t know that you could have come up with a more effective way to protect systemic racism than that definition because it exempts virtually all white people from the society they live in and from the socialisation they received by living in those societies, and it’s probably the root of most defensiveness because if it has to be conscious and intentional, then it has nothing do with me.”
“I can assure you, I have perpetrated racism across my life and in my relationships across race, and not one moment of that was conscious or intentional. I wounded other people nonetheless.”
“So, in societies in which racism is the default, to simply carry on with niceness is to collude.”
On white supremacy
“I was taught to think about it as people who would wear white hoods … it includes those people, but it’s also a highly descriptive sociological term for the societies we live in, a society that elevates white people as the norm for ‘human’, as the ideal humanity. And one of the ways we do this is by never really marking or naming ‘white’, but consistently marking or naming not white, black. When you don’t acknowledge the position or perspective of one group, while always acknowledging the position or perspective of another, you grant the group that is just the default. You grant them objectivity, individuality and the ability to just speak for everybody.”
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